Breast milk provides a lot of advantages for the young infant.
1. Breast milk contains a number of anti-infective factors like lactoferrin,lactoperoxidase,lysozyme,complements,interferons,immunoglobulin A,interferons etc.
Immunoglobulin A[igA] forms a coating over the infant gastro-intestinal tract thus prevents the infective bacteria to come into contact with the infant gastro-intestinal tract, thus preventing the occurrence of gastro-enteritis.
Interferon has anti-viral properties.
2. Breast milk is rich in vitamin D, thus prevents the development of scurvy & rickets.
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